Use your own canned tomatoes (or your favorite boxed variety) to make this bone-warming Spanish chicken and rice skillet, a breeze at just 20 minutes of prep!
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 to 5 oz each)
1/4 tsp each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 1/3 cups uncooked instant brown rice
1 qt jar homemade canned tomatoes with liquid (or 1 pint jar homemade canned tomatoes with liquid plus 3/4 cup water)
2 tsp chile powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup pitted and sliced green olives
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco (1 oz)
In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Season chicken on both sides with salt and black pepper. Transfer to skillet and sauté until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm.
Add garlic and onion to skillet and sauté for 1 minute. Add bell pepper and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add rice and stir until lightly toasted and combined with vegetables.
Add tomatoes with liquid, chile powder and cumin to skillet and stir to combine. Using the edge of a wooden spoon, break apart any larger tomato pieces. (If rice is not covered by tomato liquid, add an additional 1/4 cup water.) Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer.
Place chicken on top of tomato-rice mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit on stovetop, covered, for 5 minutes.
Add olives and cilantro to chicken-rice mixture and toss and fluff with a fork (if desired, remove chicken to ease stirring, then return to skillet). To serve, sprinkle queso fresco over top of chicken-rice mixture and divide evenly among serving plates.
Serving Size: 1 cup rice mixture and 1 Spanish chicken breast
Sweet oranges and tart cranberries make a perfect pair when you want to perk up your plate with tang and color. Adding orange peel as you begin cooking your rice, and orange juice at the end of the process, lends a smooth flavor and fragrance to this cranberry chicken.